Military drone found beached in Japan confirmed to be from Taiwan

Taiwan’s military research institute, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) has verified that a drone found on Taketomi Island, Okinawa, is one of its own. The military drone was found on the island September 8. Marked “MQM-107E,” the drone was identified as an American made model used by the US military, but also sold to other countries, including Taiwan. The US military denied that it was one of their own units, and the Chinese characters for “left” and

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Illegal left-turn costs driver his life: T-boned by speeding car

One driver died, and another was injured, after a collision at an intersection in Luzhu District, Taoyuan City, this afternoon, and police urged drivers to obey traffic regulations, and slow down when approaching intersections. At around 3:00 pm this afternoon, a 41-year-old man named Hsu, driving a Nissan March, performed an illegal left turn at the intersection of Nanqing Road and Dahua Street. A black BMW driven by a 32-year-old man named Chiou, who had obviously not slowed down at

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Retired submarine officer’s new book criticizes Taiwan’s indigenous submarine building project

A retired senior officer of Taiwan’s 256th Submarine Squadron has published a new book discussing probable Chinese PLA Navy tactics to blockade Taiwan’s military and commercial ports in wartime, and questioning choices made in Taiwan’s indigenous submarine building program. Captain Jyh-Perng Wang ( 王志鵬, pinyin: Wang, Zhi-peng), former director of the Taiwan Naval Submarine Team Training Center, and former planning officer in the Strategic Planning Department of the Ministry of Defense, discusses the technology available to the PLA, and the

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Six illegal immigrants on the run after breaking out of detention facility

Six of 31 illegal immigrants who were intercepted off the coast of southern Taiwan three days ago have escaped from a detention facility in Taichung City, according to reports today, March 24. Six of seven men being held in a room at a former coast guard camp were found missing when the room was checked at 7:00 am this morning, according to SETN. An aluminium bar on a window had been forced open, allowing the six men to squeeze out

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World Health Organization continues to refer to Taiwan by any other name

The World Health Organization unilaterally reduced Taiwan’s international status to a city and its hinterland in a report issued February 5, drawing the ire of the democratically-governed nation of 23 million people. The 16th WHO Novel Coronavirus Situation Report, released yesterday, listed cases from Taiwan under “Taipei and environs” in a table of confirmed cases reported by provinces, regions, and cities in China, according to Taiwan’s Central News Agency. Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu, slammed the World Health

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Four police officers injured after stand-off with mentally-ill man armed with knife

Four police officers were injured in Taoyuan City today after a man threatened to kill his mother and grandmother, then locked himself in a house until police broke in and restrained him. Two officers responded to a call in Pingzhen District after a 40-year-old man named Zhang (張), who has a history of mental illness, held a kitchen knife and threatened to kill his mother and grandmother. Both women fled the house, but were injured when they fell over during

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Chemical plant explosion rocks southern Taiwan, heard more than 30 kilometers away

An explosion at a chemical plant in an industrial zone in Yunlin county shattered glass in buildings up to two kilometers away, shook houses five kilometers away, and was heard more than 30 kilometers away, according to media reports, today, April 7. Fortunately, there were no human casualties. The explosion occurred at 2:04pm at the Formosa Plastics Group Taihua aromatics plant, at the petrochemical conglomerate’s refinery complex in the Mailiao Industrial Park, and was followed by an intense fire emitting

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Drunk driver dies after plummeting from five-story high expressway

A driver lost control of his vehicle on an elevated expressway in New Taipei City this morning, and his car bounced over the guardrail and landed in a park more than 20 meters below. At around 6:55am, a 36-year-old man named Chen was weaving between cars at high speed on a curved section of Provincial Highway 65, between Wugu and Banqiao, when he lost control of his Subaru Forester SUV. The car slid to the right until the tires hit

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33 injured after tour bus overturns on freeway

More than 30 people were injured after a tour bus lost control and flipped onto its side on National Freeway 3 in Changhua County this afternoon, March 9. The accident occurred at 4:43pm in the southbound lanes at the 192 kilometer mark near the Hemei Interchange in rainy conditions after the bus collided with a car. United Daily News reports that there were 32 people on the bus at the time of the accident. The group were returning to Kaohsiung

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Singaporean couple identified as suspects after dead newborn found dumped as garbage

Taipei police investigators are seeking a Singaporean couple after the body of a newborn baby, complete with placenta and umbilical cord attached, was found dumped in a bucket of food waste in Taipei City, February 26. Workers at a recycling plant in Xindian District alerted police after finding the remains of a female infant wrapped in a plastic bag early Tuesday morning. Police investigators worked around the clock, accessing footage from hundreds of street cameras along the route of the

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Scooter rider drives on wrong side of freeway facing oncoming traffic in the fast lane for 60 kilometers

A man rode at speeds of 100 kilometers an hour on National Freeway 3, in the fast lane on the wrong side of the road, for a distance of about 60 kilometers, evading several Highway Police intercept points before finally coming to a stop near Taichung City, yesterday, February 13. The 43-year-old man named Huang entered the freeway from the Zhushan Interchange in Nantou County shortly before 6:00pm, driving against oncoming traffic at high speed, and heading north in the

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